"'Mwitter' to replace Twitter in Turkey?", Hurriyet 3/20/2014:
Only minutes after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed to close down Twitter today, a new website was formed, either as a tribute from his followers or a mocking attempt from his critics: "Mwitter"
Erdoğan had earlier said in Turkish: "Twitter, mwitter kökünü kazıyacağız," translated into English as: "We’ll eradicate Twitter."
In colloquial Turkish, the "m" phrase cannot be translated easily into any language as it is not a regular lexical item. Its meaning (or the lack of meaning) depends on the intention of the speaker.
As one study explains:
"Semantically, reduplication with m-sound means 'and so on', 'such,' 'kind of,' 'sort of' depending on the meaning of the first part of the reduplicative form being ahead of m-insertion. [It] allows the speaker to give less than the amount of information requested, while still appearing cooperative. It indicates that the speaker does not wish to specify or elaborate, but instead appeals to the participant's common ground for inferring the intended meaning."
If you followed the link on the words "one study", you found Neslihan Kansu-Yetkiner, "Blood, Shame and Fear: Self-Presentation Strategies in Turkish Women’s Talk about their Health and Sexuality", Groningen Dissertations in Linguistics 58, 2006. The relevant passage is found in section 188.8.131.52 "Reduplication with m-sound", which is part of chapter 6, "Indirectness and Euphemism":
This reduplication consists of repeating a word, but prefixing it with an m-sound in the second token. If the initial sound is a vowel, the process is accomplished by m-insertion. Otherwise, the first consonant of word is replaced with m-sound. The structure usually involves nouns, but other word classes, for instance, verbs or adjectives, can also be reduplicated in this way. In its realization, the second token retains the number and agreement features of the original word.
|(8)||kitap mitap (consonant initial NP)_______________|
|book (NP) mook (NP)|
Semantically, reduplication with m-sound means ‘and so on’, ‘so-and-so ‘such’, ‘kind of’, ‘sort of’ depending on the meaning of the first part of the reduplicative form being ahead of m-insertion. The designation of the meaning of whole reduplication is construed as a natural semantic extension of this original form. For instance, in the following example:
|(9)||Dün kitap mitap aldım.|
|Yesterday, books and so on I bought.
(paraphrase: Yesterday, I bought books and things).
The meaning of kitap mitap is defined by the meaning of kitap, the original form within reduplication. The second part of the reduplication invites the hearer to construct a set of similar items as the referent (in this case probably school materials) for the expression ‘mitap’, which is not a regular lexical item of the Turkish language.
Reduplication with m-sound allows the speaker to give less than the amount of information requested, while still appearing cooperative. It indicates that the speaker does not wish to specify or elaborate, but instead appeals to the participants’ common ground for inferring the intended meaning. In this way the speaker can save time and unnecessary processing effort for all participants; but she can also allude vaguely (‘euphemistically’) to a taboo referent, [...]
Prime Minister Erdogan's purpose was presumably not to allude vaguely to a taboo referent, but rather to allude vaguely to a set of social media and other apps and sites that he plans to try to suppress. Thus "Twitter, mwitter, we will eradicate it all: Turkey PM", AFP 3/22/2014:
Erdogan first vowed to shut Twitter down at a campaign rally on Thursday in the city of Bursa.
"Now there is a court order. Twitter, mwitter, we will eradicate it all," Erdogan said, using a Turkish expression that mocked the name of the social networking site.
"The international community will say this and that, and it doesn't concern me one bit," Erdogan added, apparently anticipating the subsequent uproar.
"They will see the power of the Turkish Republic. This has nothing to do with freedom-shmeedom. Freedom is not invading someone's privacy."
That source doesn't quote the Turkish original of "freedom-shmeedom", but this page suggests that it was "özgürlükle mözgürlükle", and the original passage was (excusing my incompetent translation):
Twitter’ın mivitırın kökünü kazıyacağız. Uluslararası camia şöyle der böyle der, hiçbiri ilgilendirmez. Bunun özgürlükle mözgürlükle ilgisi yok. Türkiye Cumhuriyeti devletinin gücünü göstereceğiz.
We will uproot Twitter and such. The international community will say this and say that, it doesn't matter at all. This has nothing to do with freedom and such. We will show the power of the Republic of Turkey.
If so, then "freedom-shmeedom" is not a good translation, since the Yiddish-influenced English pattern has a different interpretation, even though there may be a historical connection. Thus Andrew Nevins and Bert Vaux, "Metalinguistic, shmetalinguistic: the phonology of shm-reduplication", CLS (39) 2003, on the origin of English shm-reduplication:
Though shm-reduplication is most familiar from English, individuals who are familiar with it generally feel it to be of Yiddish origin. Southern (forthcoming) suggests that shm-reduplication arose in Yiddish from a mix of Turkic Echo m- and East Slavic sh-. [...] Yitskhok Niborski (personal communication) hypothesizes that the archetype for shm-reduplication in Yiddish is the collocation tate shmate ‘father shmather/rag’, which he states was already in use more than 150 years ago in European Yiddish communities. It would have been used, hadds, by an embittered wife against the man who provided her with children but not with an income. In this case shmate is an independent lexical item meaning ‘rag’, but it may have provided the vehicle for reanalysis as an echo formation.
Their description of the meaning:
Shm-reduplication resembles echo formations in other languages in being used to downplay or deride a particular phrase (cf. Emeneau 1939 for South Asian languages). As one survey respondent put it, applying shm-reduplication to a form indicates “I care so little about [it] that I will pronounce it flagrantly incorrectly, so there”. The dismissive sense of the construction can also be employed modally, to reassure, to downplay a situation or problem that is potentially overwhelming or threatening, or to lighten a situation with humor by pretending to dismiss it.
This seems quite different from the "… and stuff like that" meaning for Turkish m-reduplication described by Kansu-Yetkiner.
However reduplicated and interpreted, Erdogan's attempted ban doesn't seem to have worked – Constanze Letsch, "Turkey Twitter users flout Erdogan ban on micro-blogging site", The Guardian 3/21/2014:
The hashtag #TwitterisblockedinTurkey quickly rose to the top trending term globally. According to social media agency We Are Social the number of tweets sent from Turkey went up 138% following the ban.
Shortly after the Twitter ban came into effect about midnight, the microblogging company tweeted instructions to users in Turkey on how to circumvent it using text messaging services in Turkish and English. Turkish tweeters were quick to share other methods of tiptoeing around the ban, using "virtual private networks" (VPNs) – which allow internet users to connect to the web undetected – or changing the domain name settings on computers and mobile devices to conceal their geographic whereabouts.
Some large Turkish news websites also published step-by-step instructions on how to change domain name system (DNS) settings.
On Friday, Turkey woke up to lively birdsong: according to the alternative online news site Zete.com, almost 2.5m tweets – 17,000 tweets a minute – have been posted from Turkey since the Twitter ban went into effect, setting records for Twitter use in the country. "Boss, my bird is still tweeting… @RT_Erdogan," posted @Fakir_Bey. "And yours?"
One circumvention method involves using Google's DNS server 184.108.40.206 — and explaining this on Erdogan's election posters is apparently a popular sport:
:)))) bu çok iyi pic.twitter.com/whONm0QTxm
— Rengin (@the_rengin) March 21, 2014
The quoted passage from Mr. Erdogan also includes another reduplication-in-the-service-of-vagueness — "Uluslararası camia şöyle der böyle der" ("The international community will say this and that") – about which Kansu-Yetkiner says:
Şöyle böyle can be used to signal looseness in the use of a wide range of different sentence elements. In general, şöyle böyle provides a blurred expression rather than giving clear-cut, straightforward explanations in describing manner, situation or state.
The "twitter mwitter" speech seems to be here on YouTube — but on a quick run-through, I didn't catch the twitter-mwitter part.